Neil Young, Nickelback, Nas & 50 Cent to Play Ottawa Bluesfest's 30th Anniversary

For its 30th birthday, the capital city festival is also getting major acts like country group Zac Brown Band, pop hitmakers Maroon 5, and one of the last shows by Tokyo Police Club.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Joey Martinez

Ottawa Bluesfest, the eclectic festival held annually in Canada's capital city, is planning a nine-day celebration for its 30th birthday.

The festival has revealed its full lineup, with Canadian stars Neil Young and Nickelback joining previously announced headliners Mötley Crüe and Tyler Childers, as well as hip-hop legends Nas and 50 Cent, country rockers Zac Brown Band, and chart-toppers Maroon 5.

The festival kicks off on July 4 at LeBreton Flats, with Canadian rock band Mother Mother headlining the first night, accompanied by fellow Canadian acts like country crooner Orville Peck, singer-songwriter Leith Ross, and indie rockers Tokyo Police Club, ahead of their final shows this fall. (July 4 is also the only of the festival's nine nights with a headlining act fronted in part by women).


Over the following nights, the festival will feature country acts like Warren Zeiders and Josh Ross, singer-songwriters TALK and Matthew Good, pop acts like Noah Cyrus, rapper Killer Mike, synth-pop group Future Islands, as well as a collaborative performance between shoegazer Zoon, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, guitarist Yonatan Gat and the experimental powwow group Medicine Singers.

Nickelback and 50 Cent will headline the festival's first weekend dates, on July 5 and 6, while Tyler Childers and Mötley Crüe are set to take the top slots on the second weekend, July 12 and 13. Neil Young headlines on July 11 with his longtime band Crazy Horse. Young also just announced a handful of other Canadian dates on his Love Earth tour, supporting the April release of his new record, FU##IN' UP.

Pre-sale for the festival is on now, and the full lineup is below:


  • Mother Mother / Orville Peck / Tokyo Police Club / Leith Ross / The Dip / Priyanka / Campbell & Johnston / Country Club Pool Boy / Funeral Lakes / LH Express / OK Naledi / Sandra Bouza / MELO-T
  • Nickelback / Warren Zeiders / Noah Cyrus / Ziggy Alberts / Bywater Call / Aleksi Campagne / Danielle Allard / Jaclyn Kenyon / May Davis / The Artichoke Hearts / MELO-T
  • 50 Cent / Mt. Joy / Killer Mike / Shred Kelly / Etran De L'aïr / Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers / City Fidelia / Hopper / Lynne Hanson / Nice On / Turbo Street Funk / MELO-T


  • Maroon 5 / Future Islands / Chelsea Cutler / Pokey LaFarge / Blue Moon Marquee / Hussy Hicks / ALAMUSIC / Cinzia & The Eclipse / Brooke Blackburn / FOG Blues & Brass Band
  • Zac Brown Band / Charley Crockett / Matthew Good / Medicine Singers ft. Lee Ranaldo, Yonatan Gat and Zoon / Texas King / Jon Muq / Nicolette & The Nobodies / Caroline Jones / Blackburn Brothers / ALAMUSIC / Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin / Yarro
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse / Josh Ross / Corb Lund / Steph Strings / Chambers DesLauriers / ALAMUSIC / Alexa Goldie / Jessica Pearson and the East Wind / John Allaire and the Campistas / Kaya Fraser / Merle Marlow Band
  • Tyler Childers / Bahamas / TALK / Jerry Portnoy / Bombino / Annie Raines & Paul Rishell / Brittany Kennell / Empress Nyiringango / Raphael Weinroth-Browne / summersets / Wild Remedy / DJ Eazy EL Dee
  • Motley Crue / The Tea Party / JJ Wilde / Garret T. Willie / TJ Wheeler / Sean Pinchin / Tony D Band / Blues Harp Blow-Off / DJ Eazy EL Dee
  • Nas / Ben Howard / Geneviève Racette / Le Winston Band / JW Jones / DJ Easy EL Dee / Training Season
50 Cent

50 Cent


50 Cent Takes A Victory Lap at Toronto's Cabana Pool Bar: Canadian Concerts of the Week

Also this week: it's festival season, with Hillside, Le Festif! and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival all happening on the same weekend.

Summer is in swing, and that means festival season. While many of the biggest ones take place in August, this weekend sees a handful of folk or adjacent events with the perfect summer vibes. Find those below, after our concert of the week featuring one of the biggest rap success stories of the last two decades.

Concert of the Week

50 Cent at Cabana Pool Bar, Toronto — Saturday, July 20

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